"The state tends to expand in proportion to its means of existence and to live beyond its means, and these are, in the last analysis, nothing but the substance of the people. Woe to the people that cannot limit the sphere of action of the state! Freedom, private enterprise, wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity, all vanish."
Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848
Sophisms, 141
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We hold this truth to be self evident. History repeating itself over and over again.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mike, full agreement from myself.
     -- Anon     
    This is very well evidenced in the state's propensity to "Bail Out" their friends and bank's who have failed to manage themselves properly. That they should consider themselves authorized to do so is appalling. Please...no one tell the annointed one what comes after a trillion... They are deliberately undermining the American economy as part of the globalist agenda. They are traitors.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    If you send it, They will spend it.
     -- jim k, austin     
    The people are the state and the proportion of the total wealth allocated or in the hands of individuals versus the state is the function of the needs and purposes of all of the people. WWII was the best example of an exteme reallocation of wealth to military success. Money is only good for spending, if the wealth is in the hands of a few private individuals who decicde to spend it in ways detrimental to the people then the people from whom the wealth originally flowed have a right to correct the misallocation. In a capitalist society the wealth flows from the poorest and every one in between up to the capitalist, without the people consuming his goods the capitalist would be without a market.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Yes, we have turned over our wealth to the state - not just monetary wealth but also the wealth of our conscience. We must again insist on limiting the state and above all our military machine and corporate monopolies. We must IMMEDIATELY stop funding politician's campaign chests. Only then do we have a chance to recover this nation. If not all hell will break loose.
     -- RBESRQ     
    The people are the state? How Orwellian! The state is the agent of the people, not the other way around. Don't forget who's the boss in this Republic.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Right on Ken! I think you and I are saying the same thing, for once.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Correct the intent not the words
     -- RBESRQ     
    Bastiat's book, The Law, is a must read.
     -- Romano, Bangkok     
    Absolutely right Romano, it should be required reading with each student required to write an essay on the subject. After all "The Law" is simple enough...even for Liberals.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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